Many parents are holding their children a little bit tighter after the tragic events this week in Springfield with the abduction and killing of Hailey Owens. However, the incident is sparking conversation between parents and their children about the danger of adult predators. KSMU's Shannon Bowers spoke with the Child Advocacy Center and has more.
Gracie Gold, the Olympian who first learned to skate while living in Springfield, is competing today in the Ladies Short Program in Sochi, Russia. Tonight, during NBC’s primetime coverage of the Games, residents will gather for a watch party to cheer her on, as KSMU’s Julie Greene reports.
The Centers for Disease Control is reporting a sharp decline in new influenza cases around the country. And as KSMU’s Shane Franklin reports, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is experiencing the same trend.
Are Missouri’s bats in danger? A disease that has killed over five million in the north eastern United States has been confirmed in northern Arkansas. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports on efforts to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome.
Several weeks ago, Governor Jay Nixon issued an executive order: he said the Missouri Department of Revenue had to accept joint state income tax returns from same-sex married couples who were legally married in other states. But now, a lawsuit is challenging Nixon's order as unconstitutional. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers spoke with one person who will be directly affected by the outcome of that case.
A week before Governor Jay Nixon gives his State of the State address, a coalition that analyzes poverty has released its own report called "State of the State: Poverty in Missouri." The Missourians to End Poverty Coalition is urging lawmakers to address the rising poverty rates and what the coalition says are outdated policies. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has the story.
Cyclist Rob Jones is pedaling through the Ozarks region this week; he’s riding across the country for charity. That alone would be a remarkable challenge, especially this winter. But Rob Jones is missing something most cyclists rely heavily on: their legs. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson caught up with him by phone and has this story.